It’s been a long time since we first started hearing about professions, going on two years now. A lot has changed between then and now, but one thing that hasn’t is the concept of Guild Wars 2’s version of the trinity- control, support, and damage. They have been consistent for the past two years in stating that their goal is for any party composition to be viable because every profession can operate in each of these three roles, frequently changing on the fly between them via either profession mechanics (kits and attunements) or weapon swapping. No class is relegated to any one role, and in theory all are able to fill all three. Brace yourself for a wall of text few have seen the likes of.
Although it was already spoiled on Monday, today was the official release of the Mesmer! In fact, I have to admit that I was surprised by the level of detail we received and how much it improved my outlook on the final Profession. Without further ado, I’m going to dive right into the meat and potatoes of the Mesmer’s equipment and abilities.
- Main Hand: Sword, Scepter
- Off Hand: Focus, Pistol, Sword, Torch
- Two-Handed: Staff, Greatsword
And so it came to pass that on this day, 12/12/11, the final GW2 Profession was released. And by “released”, I actually mean “leaked ahead of time” by yet another site that has proven to be untrustworthy. This trailer was released 2 days early by Gamereactor, but of course my link goes to youtube. I would prefer to not give sites like this any traffic; it only encourages this behavior. As much as we all have been awaiting the release of the Mesmer, I don’t really think anyone is happy about this leak. Even those who participated in the colossal Mesmer thread on Guru are most likely thinking “I could have waited 2 more days”. Sure we have official confirmation, but the whole experience is just cheapened. Of course, it isn’t like this hasn’t happened before. Honestly, IIRC the first GW2 Demo, Necro, the Thief and maybe even the Guardian were all leaked prematurely. Were there any others? Honestly I don’t even remember anymore, I’m just no longer surprised by it.